NEW YORK — Sara Bareilles says although she doesn’t think Katy Perry’s “Roar” steals from her song “Brave,” she’s enjoying her tune’s newfound success because of the chatter.
“I was stoked. I was like, ‘Great,’” Bareilles said in an interview Tuesday. “I was like, ‘You guys want to go get (mad) about something and buy my music, that’s great.’”
Music fans caused a stir when Perry released “Roar” last month, claiming she stole the song’s melody from Bareilles’ “Brave,” released in April. “Roar” is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Bareilles’ song shot to the Top 40 after the Internet drama. “Brave” has reached gold status and so far has peaked at No. 31.
Bareilles said she and Perry are good friends and that they spoke when the comparisons were made.
“I don’t feel like anything was taken from me artistically. I wasn’t the one having any problems with it,” she said. “I’ve known Katy a long time. We are friends and she and I spoke about it. I look at it as two female artists who are releasing a message of empowerment.”
The 33-year-old singer-songwriter said she’s upset with some of the fans, though.
“To be totally honest, I was sort of disappointed in how aggressive fans were being about it,” she said. “I don’t promote drama in my life and competition and stuff like that.”
“Brave” was co-written with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. It’s the first single from Bareilles’ third album, “The Blessed Unrest,” released in July.
“I had a good friend who was struggling with coming out as an adult, so this is sort of my message to that person,” she said.
The Grammy-nominated performer — best known for the 2007 hit “Love Song” — is currently on a tour with OneRepublic that wraps Friday in Houston. She will launch a solo tour Oct. 6 in Boston.
Bareilles said she’s a fan of Perry’s music and the two joked about fusing their songs.
“We actually talked about it. We’re like, ‘Should we just work on a mash-up and let everybody know we’re not mad at each other?’” she said with a laugh.
PHOTO: In this April 30, 2013 file photo, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles visited radio station Mix 106 Performance Theater, in Philadelphia. Bareilles says though she doesn’t think Katy Perry’s “Roar” steals from her song “Brave,” she’s enjoying her tune’s newfound success because of the chatter. “I was stoked. I was like, ‘Great,’” Bareilles said in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
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BOSTON — Mark Wahlberg is now a high school graduate — 25 years after dropping out of a Boston high school.
The 42-year-old actor-producer finished his diploma requirements after taking classes online. He dropped out of Copley Square High School, now known as Snowden International School at Copley, in the ninth grade.
The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that Wahlberg wrote of the struggles he faced growing up surrounded by “drugs, violence and crime” in a column in The Huffington Post on Monday.
In the column he says he’s been taking classes and studying while on movie sets, traveling and at home.
In June 2012, Wahlberg announced he was going back to school with the help of Snowden headmaster Kerry Torndorf who enrolled Wahlberg in his school’s Accelerated Learning Academy.
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NEW YORK — AMC is keeping “Mad Men” around an extra year, expanding the final season of this acclaimed drama series to 14 episodes and portioning them equally in 2014 and 2015.
The network said Tuesday that seven episodes will air next spring and another seven in 2015. Previous “Mad Men” seasons have spanned 13 episodes.
Series creator Matthew Weiner said the two-part season will enable “a more elaborate story” to be told.
The arrangement mirrors that of another AMC series, “Breaking Bad,” whose final season, now nearing its end, was similarly split in two.
“Mad Men,” which premiered in 2007, has won four Emmy awards for outstanding drama series. It heads into Sunday’s awards night with four major Emmy nominations, including best actor for Jon Hamm, who has never won.
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PONTIAC, Mich. — An ex-publicist and lawyer for the rap duo Insane Clown Posse has sued them and their recording company, saying she was sexually harassed and asked to perform illegal acts.
The Detroit News reported Andrea Pellegrini, 32, filed suit Aug. 23 in Oakland County Circuit Court in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac.
The defendants include group members Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Bruce and Joseph “Violent J” Utsler and Psychopathic Records.
The Associated Press left phone and email messages Tuesday night for group spokesman Jason Webber.
The complaint says Pellegrini was “subjected to constant and pervasive harassment” at the company, including being given a large sex toy. It says she was asked to obtain automatic weapons for a photo shoot.
Pellegrini worked at Psychopathic Records from 2009 to 2012, then was fired.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Bruce Springsteen has mustered his best Spanish in a tribute to the people of Argentina, posting an Internet version of the song “I only ask of God” (“Solo le pido a Dios”) that he said he learned from the late Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa.
Exhausted at the end of a 3-hour, 20-minute marathon concert in Buenos Aires Saturday night, he told the crowd that he was too tired to sing it then without botching it, and invited fans to look on his website in the coming days.
By Tuesday, he had made good on his promise, posting on http://brucespringsteen.net a soulful bilingual version of the Leon Gieco song that became an anthem for Argentines recovering from their 1976-1983 dictatorship.
Introducing it in Spanish, he recalled his last visit to Argentina in 1988, as part of Amnesty International’s “Human Rights Now!” tour.
“My memories of that time are still very much alive. We came to Argentina when the country was going through a difficult time, and fighting for its future. For a foreigner, Argentina was very much alive, promising,” he said. “So it’s a huge inspiration for me to return here, and I want to leave this song to the people of Argentina.”
Springsteen’s latest “Wrecking Ball” album is very much in keeping with Latin American protest music, with songs such as “Shackled and Drawn” blaming bankers and corporate executives for ruining the U.S. economy, and he’s been summoning kindred spirits during his tour of Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
In Santiago, he eulogized folk singer Victor Jara, who was killed during the 1973 coup there, and sang Jara’s “Manifesto.” Springsteen next performs in Sao Paulo today and Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.